• Continuing Education

  • Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health – Physician Update

    Saturday, April 28, 2018
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside

    Registration/Hotel Information

    Course Summary

    Length: Course is 1 day, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m.

    Format: Lecture/discussion, questions and answers.

    Syllabus: A hard copy of the course syllabus will be distributed onsite.

    Description: Occupational medicine physicians frequently use spirometry in their practices, but their traditional medical training rarely prepares them to appreciate the impact of the technical pitfalls of spirometry testing, nor does it introduce them to the importance of using optimal interpretation algorithms. Both elements are important when practitioners use spirometry with other diagnostic tools to evaluate workers for occupational lung disease and/or to medically clear them to use respirators.
    This ACOEM course provides down-to-earth guidance and presents recent OSHA regulatory changes related to respirable crystalline silica and NIOSH’s Coal Worker Health Surveillance Program. It draws on spirometry information from a comprehensive NIOSH-approved course, and selecting case examples for a physician audience to illustrate the use of spirometry and other diagnostic tools to evaluate workers for occupational lung disease and/or for medical clearance to use their respirator.

    Learning Objectives
    Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:

    • Explain the requirements for a valid test
    • Apply valid spirometry testing technique
    • Avoid errors in spirometer calibration checks
    • Interpret test results following American Thoracic Society (ATS) Guidelines
    • List factors to consider when purchasing new equipment
    • Understand key elements in the medical approval process for respirator clearance
    • Recognize important educational points for teaching technicians and patients how to use respirators effectively

    Target Audience
    You should attend this course if you are:

    • A physician in occupational medicine, family practice, internal medicine, or other primary practice areas who wishes to learn or review spirometry testing techniques and interpretation of test results.
    • A resident or fellow in occupational medicine seeking training in pitfalls of spirometry testing and ATS guidelines on interpreting test results. 
    • A nurse practitioner involved in providing care for patients with lung or respiratory issues.
    • A physician assistant who has not received extensive training in spirometry testing pitfalls and interpretation of results.

    Note that NIOSH reviews and approves Spirometry Courses for technicians conducting testing in the occupational health setting. While this ACOEM course includes material from a NIOSH-approved course, as well as including additional material specifically chosen for a physician audience, this course confers no NIOSH spirometry certification.

    Mary C. Townsend, Dr.P.H.
    Clayton Cowl, MD, MS

    Accreditation: The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    Designation: ACOEM designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    ABPM MOC Credit This activity satisfies 7.5 ABPM MOC credits.
    ABMS Core Competencies: This course will address the following ACGME/ABMS Competencies:

    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Professionalism

    Tuition: Includes course materials, breakfast, lunch, breaks and CME/MOC credits

    ACOEM Member:  $530
    Non-member: $630
    Resident/Retired/Student Member: $360


    Questions: Contact us with questions at educationinfo@acoem.org.